De Smet took second place of six teams competing Sept. 19 in a modified volleyball tournament at Lake Preston. The Lady Bulldogs defeated Iroquois-Doland and Lake Preston before losing in the championship game to Arlington.
De Smet lost to Arlington with set scores 21-25 and 20-25. Kennadi Buchholz hit 21/22 with nine kills and had eight blocks. Cori Birkel hit 14/17 with two kills and had three blocks. Olivia Johnson hit four of six with two kills. Emma Albrecht served seven of eight, had two blocks and set 22/22 with seven assists. Ella Poppinga served eight of nine and Jacie McCune set 13/15 with four assists.
De Smet defeated Iroquois-Doland with set scores 25-17 and 25-18. Buchholz hit 23/24 with 14 kills and had one block. Birkel served 12/13 with one ace and hit 11/14 with two kills. Albrecht served 10/11 with three aces. She had one block and set 14/14 with seven assists. Poppinga served 15/15 with four aces and Katelyn Halverson set 13/13.
De Smet defeated Lake Preston with scores 25-10 and 25-16. Buchholz served four of five with one ace, hit 13/16 with seven kills and had six blocks. Birkel hit 15/16 and had two blocks. Johnson served four of four with one ace. Albrecht hit 6/7 with three kills. She had two blocks and set 18/18 with six assists. Poppinga served six of seven with one ace and Halverson set 12/14 with four assists.
Earlier in the week, De Smet lost to both the Elkton-Lake Benton and Colman-Egan teams and defeated Sioux Valley.
The Lady Bulldogs lost Sept. 17 to the Elkton-Lake Benton Lady Elks at De Smet. Set scores were 16-25, 13-25 and 17-25. Buchholz served 9/11, hit 21/24 with nine kills and had four blocks. Birkel hit 16/17 with four kills and had four blocks. Johnson served two of three with one ace, hit 15/15 with three kills and had four blocks. Albrecht had five blocks and set 24/24 with five assists. Poppinga served 10/13 with two aces and Halverson set 22/22 with seven assists.
De Smet came out on top Sept. 15 over the Sioux Valley Lady Cossacks at home. Set scores were 25-18, 16-25, 18-25, 26-24 and 15-10. Buchholz served 13/14 with four aces, hit 41/48 with 14 kills and had 15 blocks. Birkel served 16/18 with one ace, hit 16/20 with eight kills and had four blocks. Albrecht hit six of eight with five kills, had two blocks and set 52/52 with 13 assists. Poppinga served 13/15 with one ace and Halverson set 22 of 22 with seven assists.
The Lady Bulldogs lost Sept. 14 to the Colman-Egan Lady Hawks at Colman. Set scores were 8-25, 16-25 and 17-25.
Buchholz served 8/9 with two aces, hit 18/21 with seven kills and had four blocks. Birkel hit 18/25 with four kills and had 10 blocks. Albrecht set 25/25 with six assists. Halverson had 23/24 with four assists and Riley Myers served four of five with one ace.
Scores and stats from Tuesday’s match in Huron against James Valley Christian will be published next week.